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‘We are all equal and our teachers are all kind’ (Pupil quote)-– Ofsted 2017
Pupils are proud of their school and enthusiastic about their learning-Ofsted 2017
Pupils feel safe and said that they trust there is always an adult they can go to if they feel concerned-Ofsted 2017
Sevenoaks Primary is a fantastic, caring school, where my children blossom and flourish, both academically and emotionally-Parent
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Pupils achieve well at this school-Ofsted 2017
Although it is a large school, a real family feel is fostered - it is palpable-Parent

6. Archive Newsletter 04.07.18

Saturday 7th July
SPSA Summer Fair – 12 – 2pm
Tuesday 10th July
Year 6 Production
Wednesday 11th July
Year 6 Production
Thursday 12th July
First Aid Training for Year 6
Friday 13th July
First Aid Training for Year 6
Tuesday 17th July
Wednesday 18th July
Open Afternoon, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Thursday 19th July
Leavers’ Disco
Monday 23rd July
Certificate Assembly
Tuesday 24th July
9.30am Leavers’ Assembly
Tuesday 4th September
Dear Parents/Carers,
Roll up; roll up to the greatest SPSA Fair in town! This Saturday, our fantastic parent team will be organising the Summer Fair, which is one of our biggest and most enjoyable events of the year. 
This year’s Summer Fair also provides you with the last opportunity to ‘dunk’ me in the ‘Ducking Stall’ for one last time!  I remember being asked to take part in this activity at my first ever Fair.  Apparently, it is a tradition that every SPS Head has entered into - and who was I to disappoint the children?  Not being aware of the extent of the soaking, I overlooked to bring a change of clothing and I had a rather uncomfortable drive home.  I am sure you will encourage the next Head to continue the tradition!
It is always an enjoyable event and I do hope to see you all on Saturday.
The Long Walk Home – Thursday September 27th to the Saturday 29th September
This will be my very last walk to raise money for SPS - I promise!  The ‘Long Walk Home’ will commence in Canterbury and will finish back at the school.
The Hands Trust has kindly offered to match fund the walk and the money raised will be used to support the development of play provision across the school.  The intention is to develop an ‘epic play experience’ for the children and whilst we may not have completed the vision before I depart, we should be well on the way.
I would welcome any company along the route – please join me if you can!
We have established a’ Just Giving’ page to offer you the chance to support my final venture.  I will be available at the Summer Fair on Saturday 7th July to discuss in more detail.  Thank you!
Alan Duffy
Funky Footwear Friday
Thank you!
To all the children who took part in Funky Footwear Friday on Friday 22nd June to raise funds for
Kent, Surry and Sussex Air Ambulance –
we raised £642.09!
Thank you again – this money will go towards keeping the life saving helicopters in our skies!

Parent ‘Meet the Teacher’ Dates for Term 6

Parent ‘meet the teacher’ meetings will be held in the dining hall and are an opportunity for parents/carers to meet their child’s new teacher/s, hear about what will be studied during the year and ask any questions.

Friday 6th July, 9.15 – 9.45am                      Year 1 moving to Year 2

Monday 9th July, 9.15 – 9.45am                  Foundation Stage moving to Year 1

Tuesday 10th July, 9.15 – 9.45am               Year 3 moving to Year 4

Wednesday 11th July, 9.15 – 9.45am         Year 2 moving to Year 3

Thursday 12th July, 9.15 – 9.45am              Year 4 moving to Year 5

Friday 13th July, 9.15 – 9.45am                    Year 5 moving to Year 6

A leaflet containing useful information will be produced for each year group. This will also be available on the school website after each meeting.

Born To Perform Stage School take part in Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival

On the 10th, 16th and 17th of June, some students at Sevenoaks Primary School attended the Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival, with their Drama group, 'Born to Perform Stage School'. The children competed at the Festival within the divisions, verse and prose reading and dramatic solo.
To compete, the students had to prepare a poem or monologue by staging it with the help of their Drama teacher, 'Miss Gabby', and then perform it to a panel of judges and the other competitors and their families. The students also had to learn their pieces off by heart and although it was a challenging and nerving experience, the students gained buckets of confidence from doing this and now can't wait to enter again next year!
It was a wonderful experience and the children placed top three in every division that they entered - Miss Gabby said, "I am over the moon with the students and all of their hard work, certainly paid off and they are a credit to the school".
Dramatic Solo - 11 years and under 
Molly - 2nd place 'Distinction'
Stevie - 'Commended'
Amy- 'Commended'
Eleanor- 'Commended'
Sophie- 'Commended' 
Bella - 'Commended'
Sasha - 'Merit'
Prose Reading - 8 years 
Sam - 2nd place 'Distinction'
Verse Reading - 7 years 
Isla - 'Merit'
Matilda - 'Merit' 
Phoebe - 'Merit'
Olivia - 'Merit' 
Verse Reading - 8 years 
Bella - 1st place 'Honours'
Amy - 'Commended'
Sam - 'Commended' 
Ellie - 'Merit'
Verse Reading Theme 'School' - 10-11 years
Molly - 1st Place 'Distinction'
Stevie - 'Commended'
Eva- Certificate 
Verse Reading - 11 years 
Sophie - 3rd place 'Merit'


Author, Philip Pullman, visits Sevenoaks Bookshop
Article by Ella, 4A - 
Last Thursday, I went to see Philip Pullman with Mrs Perkins and it was really fun!  All the people who went had the chance to ask him a question, and mine was, “If you could have a demon what kind would it be?”  His answer was a “crow, or a raven, or a jackdaw – something that steals things, because an author always steals other peoples’ ideas.”  I got Philp Pullman’s latest book, ‘La Belle Savauge’, signed and my own copy of ‘Northern Lights’.  I was chosen to attend the book signing because I had read and enjoyed his ‘Dark Materials’ books.
Uniform Shop Opening Dates
Friday 13th July
Friday 21st July
Changes to Advertised Dates
Reminder that school reports to all pupils will now be issued on Friday 13th July.
Open Afternoon will now be on
Wednesday 18th July, 3.20pm – 4.30pm.
After School Mountain Bike Club starts again this Autumn. A chance for your children to learn to ride the amazing trails and the brand new 'Pump Track'! 
Ollie Ireland
Kent School Games Tennis Doubles Championships
Kent Tennis, in association with Kent School Games, hosted the Annual Doubles Championships in early June. The event started with qualifying rounds held at Bromley and Canterbury at which many pairs competed from schools from across the county. Following that the top 8 qualifying pairs were invited back to the finals, from which the best Schools’ Doubles Pairs in Kent would be found.
Sevenoaks Primary School entered 8 Boys and 3 Girls pairs into the initial qualifying event. It is always a very busy day and securing a place in the final is a challenge, however, after some wonderful tennis from the SPS squad - 3 pairs made it through to the finals.
The players did tremendously well at the subsequent finals competition - our ‘Green’ Boys came 5th, ‘Orange’ Girls 3rd and the ‘Red’ Boys won in a breath taking final against New Beacon School.
It has been a wonderful year of tennis filled with many great moments. Thanks go to all the children for their efforts, their parents and carers for transportations and assistance at the various events and to Helen Jackson and team at West Heath Tennis Club, for their continued support and provision of tennis at SPS.


New British Independent Film
‘The Bromley Boys‘
Special Screening at The Stag
A special screening of a new independent film, directed by Steve M Kelly (SPS parent) will be held on
Sunday 8th July at 3.30pm
at The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks
Along with the showing, there is a Q&A session with Steve and one of the producers.  The film stars Martine McCutcheon, Jamie Foreman and Alan Davies and has received some good reviews.  This is a small, British, independent film with a big heart, a great soundtrack and as the reviews say ‘it’s a funny, feel-good, family film’.
Link to tickets –













Summer Reading Challenge 2018

‘Mischief Makers’

Sevenoaks Library staff recently visited our school and held assemblies to tell the children all about the Summer Reading Challenge, which this year is called, ‘Mischief Makers’. 
The Librarians left this message for the children:
"Don't forget the Summer Reading Challenge which starts on Saturday 14th July in your local library. 
Earn yourself a medal, certificate and trophy for your school by reading six books over the summer holiday – good luck and enjoy your reading!"